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Liberal Arts Division
Phone: (618) 437-5321 Ext. 1263
Address: 468 N. Ken Gray Parkway, Ina, IL 62846 Attn: Liberal Arts
Fax Number: (618) 437-5677 Attn: Liberal Arts

Faculty & Staff

Henry "Buster" Leeck M.S. Ed. Dean of Liberal Arts Ext. 1790 North Oasis 145
Jessica Phillips, B.A. Administrative Assistant Ext. 1263 North Oasis 134
FACULTY ___________________________________________________________________________________________________
Sara Alstat, M.M. Music Ext. 1817 North Oasis 148
Elizabeth Bailey-Smith, Ed.D. Speech Ext. 1493 North Oasis 144
Rebecca Biggs, M.A. English Ext. 1707 North Oasis 147
Nathan Brouwer, M.A. History Ext. 1792 North Oasis 151
Peggy Davis, M.A. English Ext. 1725 North Oasis 150
Sarah Draper, M.S.W. Sociology Ext. 1809 North Oasis 149
Joe Ervin, M.A. English Ext. 1232 North Oasis 141
Barbara Hampton, Ed.D. College Prep English/Reading Ext. 1321 North Oasis 152
Greg Hollmann M.S. Ed. Political Science Ext. 1780 South Oasis 149
Rob Little, M.A. English Ext. 1765 North Oasis 143
Melissa McClement-Engler, M.A. Art Ext. 1718 North Oasis 140
Therese Melena, M.F.A., M.S.Ed. Art Ext. 1747 North Oasis 140
Jeannie Mitchell, Ed.D. Psychology Ext. 1804 North Oasis 142
Tracey Webb, M.A. Theater Ext. 1295 North Oasis 113

Cultural Arts Calendar

Date / Time



Jan. 18 - April 4 Visiting Artist Series: Blaine Murphy Theater Lobby 
Jan. 28, 7 p.m. Thespian Comedy Improv Theater 
Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Poetry Slam King City Books 
Feb. 23, 7 p.m. 
Feb. 24, 1 p.m.
Winter Concert Theater 
March 3, Noon Readers: Allison Joseph and Jon Tribble Student Center 
March 17, 12:30 - 4 p.m. Mitchell Museum Field Trip Mount Vernon 
March 23, Noon Film Showing: TBA Theater 
March 30, 2 p.m. Phi Theta Kappa Induction Theater 
April 13, 11 a.m. Speaker: Natasha Zaretsky: Three Mile Island Incident Student Center 
April 14, 4:30 p.m. Lake Reception Pheasant Hollow Winery 
April 4 - May 6 Student Art Show Theater 
April 14, 6-8 p.m. Student Art Show Reception and Awards Theater Lobby
April 7 - 10 Spring Musical: Godspell
(Showtimes: 7 p.m. April 7 - 9; 2 p.m. April 10)
April 21, 7 p.m. Spring Concert  Theater 
April 28 - 29 Flummoxed Fairytales (Showtimes: 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.)  Theater 
May 5, 7 p.m. Student & Faculty Recital  Theater 


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Associate of Arts in Art

Rend Lake College offers art courses designed to meet the needs and interests of students with varied art backgrounds and experiences.
Three options exist within the art program:

  1. A professional focus for individuals who wish to pursue a career in art and transfer to a four-year college or university majoring in art education, studio art or art history.
  2. A humanities focus for individuals who wish to learn about art in a historical and social context. (Ex., Art History I, Art History II).
  3. A personal focus for individuals who wish to pursue art interests either as an adjunct to a career program or as a creative outlet. 

Electives include: Ceramics, Commercial Art, Design, Drawing, Illustration, Jewelry, Painting, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture.

Associate of Fine Arts in Art

Rend Lake College offers courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. General education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. 

Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your high school counselor or college advisor for more information.


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A pre-concentration in Speech, or a strong core of Speech Communication courses, prepares a student for teaching, public relations, broadcast media and a variety of business-related areas. A Speech major is considered good preparation for some professional programs. It is recommended that either one of the Humanities or Social Science electives be representative of a Third World culture (i.e., ANTH 1101, GEOG 1101, HIST 2107, POLI 2102 or PHIL 2105).


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Associate of Arts in English

A major in English, or a strong core of English courses, prepares a student for teaching, positions in publishing and a wide range of professional writing jobs. An English major is considered good preparation for some professional programs.

64-65 Hours


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This two-year transfer program leads to an Associate of Arts Degree. The curriculum is designed for students pursuing a baccalaureate degree in various areas of history. It provides students with the background in history and general studies necessary for advanced work at a four-year institution. Students should check with the institution to which they are transferring or an advisor for any other requirements.


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Rend Lake College's Music Program offers vocal and instrumental options with courses applicable to an Associate in Fine Arts Degree. This degree will require a total of 64 credit hours. General Education courses are described in the Illinois General Education Core Curriculum. Because completion of the A.F.A. curriculum does not fulfill the requirements of the Illinois General Education Core, students will need to complete the general education requirements of the institution to which they transfer. Consult with your counselor or music faculty advisor for more information.


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The Rend Lake College Theatre Department offers classes in acting, stage makeup, set construction and theatre. Each year, the RLC Theatre program is committed to producing two shows – a fall play and a spring children’s show.


The purpose of the RLC Arts Publication "Lake" is to celebrate art in all its forms.

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Issue No. 6 • Fall 2015 - Spring 2016


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